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Six Nations: Issues resolved….....maybe not? Leave a comment Read more »

Six Nations: Issues resolved……..maybe not?

For 40 minutes England had the southern Hemisphere scribes shuffling in their seats. Ford had a second touch in the first minute…wow! Brown was potent in attack, Itoje was everywhere, and England camped territorially. To win 25-21, be outscored 3-1 in tries however, stopped the…


Six Nations: It's Jones not Beckett, “Waiting for Manu” Leave a comment Read more »

Six Nations: It’s Jones not Beckett, “Waiting for Manu”

Is Manu Tualagi the answer to England’s performance and team play development? Billy Vunipolas bullocking runs close to the origin are tying in England’s 6 and 7. As a consequence, England have no back row support when they attack out wide. Manu’s ability to both…


Six Nations: Brutal rugby storm approaching on March 19th Leave a comment Read more »

Six Nations: Brutal rugby storm approaching on March 19th

I’ve always believed it hard to predict against the French, however I’m forecasting a brutal final 6 Nations game in Paris on March 19th when they entertain England. In a game poorly refereed by Jaco Peyper, France sent out a brutal warning to future opponents.…


Two 10’s doesn’t equal 12, but two 7s might work? Leave a comment Read more »

Two 10’s doesn’t equal 12, but two 7s might work?

England won against Scotland and that’s important in the 6 Nations, but what can we glean from Eddie’s first team performance?


Rugby coaching: a year without equipment? 1 Comment Read more »

Rugby coaching: a year without equipment?

Would the game of rugby union be played differently if all the coaches in the world took coaching sessions without the use of support equipment for one year? No tackle shields, scrum machines, running harnesses, etc. Is the equipment dog wagging the performance tail? If…


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